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Love Is All You Need - DVD Review

Love Is All You Need

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

SUSANNE Bier’s ability to deliver genuinely affecting tales of human relationships ensures that her latest, Love Is All You Need, succeeds in spite of its flaws.

A gently amusing, sometimes bittersweet tale of personal triumph against adversity, the film is further enhanced by a charming central performance from Trine Dyrholm.

As Ida, she offers a masterclass in restraint. When we first meet her, Ida is battling breast cancer but on the road to remission. Hence, the discovery of her husband’s infidelity on the eve of the marriage of her daughter in Italy comes as a crushing blow to her already fragile confidence.

Travelling there anyway, Ida subsequently meets her future son-in-law’s widower father (Pierce Brosnan) and finds an unlikely ally despite a somewhat shaky beginning.

It’s their ensuing relationship that forms the emotional crux of the movie, while the future bride and groom also struggle to resolve their own emotional issues ahead of the big day and various guests and helpers contribute to the mayhem.

Bier’s film is at its best when concentrating on the central relationship between Dyrholm and Brosnan, while also making the most of the stunning Italian setting.

It’s then that Dyrholm truly shines, investing her character with quiet dignity and deeply wounded pride, yet slowly realising that there is more to aspire to in life as well as people who won’t take her for granted.

Brosnan, too, is good, sharing some lovely chemistry with Dyrholm and emerging from his own sheltered existence as a result. The final moments between the two characters are genuinely poignant and heart-warming.

Love Is All You Need is, however, much less successful when shifting its focus to the supporting characters, particularly given the telegraphed nature of several of the story arcs.

Molly Blixt Egelind and Sebastian Jessen as the soon-to-be-newlyweds are particularly poorly served in that regard and their predictable story sometimes puts a strain on proceedings (despite some nice mother-daughter scenes between Egelind and Dyrholm), while certain other characters merely exist to add colour with varying degrees of success.

Minor criticisms aside, however, this engages because of its central pairing, its warm location and Bier’s sensitive, sometimes amusing but always heartfelt script. It’ll leave you charmed, right down to its brilliantly poignant final scene.

(In Danish, Italian and English with subtitles)

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 90minutes
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: September 2, 2013